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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #1261
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UAE approves PAL's 5th Freedom except UK, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait flights



31 January 2009
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) General Civil Aviation Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Philippines on 29th January 2009 in Abu Dhabi, to increase flights between the two countries.

The MoU was signed by His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE and H.E Doroteo A. Reyes II, Undersecretary for Civil Aviation, Department of Transportation and Communications and Chairman, RP Air Negotiating Panel in Philippines. The signing ceremony was attended by H.E Mohamed Ibrahim Al Juwaid, the UAE ambassador to Philippines and H.E Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippines Ambassador to UAE Representatives in addition to representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Civil Aviation Department.

The two delegations agreed to confirm the designation of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and to designate Fly Dubai as a new National Carrier from UAE Side.


His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
and Doroteo A. Reyes II, Undersecretary for Civil Aviation, Department of Transportation and Communications
and Chairman, RP Air Negotiating Panel in Philippine.


According to the MoU both parties agreed a phased increase of (89) flights weekly passenger as following:

- Five (5) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Manila;

- Forty two (42) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark);

- Twenty one (21) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Cebu International Airport; and

- Twenty one (21) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from other airports in the Philippines.

The two parties agreed to allow the designated airlines of each side to operate up to 600 tons per week per direction to/from Cebu International Airport. And they agreed that the designated airlines of the UAE shall have the right to exercise full fifth freedom traffic rights only up to fourteen (14) weekly frequencies between any intermediate point(s) and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark) only, and any point(s) beyond, except Japan, the USA and Canada.

The designated airlines of the Philippines shall have the right to exercise full fifth freedom traffic rights only up to fourteen (14) weekly frequencies between any intermediate point(s) and any one point in the UAE only, and any point(s) beyond, except the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Both delegations agreed to hold consultations within one year from the date signing the said MoU.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:14 AM   #1262
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Philippine Airlines kicks tires of Airbus 380
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NOT only did Jaime Bautista take a roundabout route to get to Toulouse, France last week to fetch Philippine Airlines’ newest Airbus 320, the PAL president even flew, gasp, Singapore Airlines.

Bautista’s Singapore-London flight, his first on the luxury airliner 380, was part of an elaborate courtship ritual by the European aircraft manufacturer keen to extend its 30-year partnership with Asia’s first airline, which is concluding its $840 million, fifteen A320-family fleet modernization program.

“I will send a first-class ticket to [PAL owner] Lucio Tan if he promises to buy the 380,” Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy told a bemused Bautista, moments after PAL signed the delivery papers for the wide-bodied plane.

Even before PAL took delivery of its latest Airbus, the 156-seater jet had already been booked solid for its first commercial flights yesterday, twice to Cagayan de Oro and twice to Iloilo out of Manila.

The record holiday traffic, and the rapid decline in fuel prices from its equally rapid ascent, gives Bautista confidence that PAL would break even or maybe post a modest profit for the third quarter, after having been buffeted by a $133-million loss in the first half of its fiscal year.

“There’s traffic, there are destinations, it’s just a question as to whether Airbus will give us a good price,” Bautista answered when asked if PAL was seriously considering acquiring the flagship 380.

Depending on the euro-dollar rate and the options, the 525-passenger superjumbo can easily cost $320 million upwards, a hefty jump from the $250-million price tag being quoted only four years ago.

According to the grapevine, a 380 or two have quietly become available on the market with an expansive Indian airline, Kingfisher, now seriously rethinking its options on the five A380s it had placed when the commodities surge was still a Jim Rogers’ dream.

Still, the earliest that a 380 could be delivered to the Philippine flag carrier, were it to place an order today, would be 2014.

In the meantime, PAL is taking delivery of two Boeing 777-300 Extended Range by the fourth quarter next year, in time for the holiday travel season.

That should provide PAL numbers-crunchers Cesar Chiong and Alvin Limqueco fresh fuel and passenger load parameters to crank up their financial calculators and compare the strong, and weak, points of the American airplane with those of the European competition.

But, that, as they say, is another story.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #1263
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Filipino flies world’s biggest jet


Nathaniel Jordan S. Calvo, the first and only Filipino A380 pilot in the world.

The Airbus A380, launched almost four years ago, is every inch a marketing tool as it is an advantage to airlines that own the world’s biggest commercial aircraft.

After all, only a handful of carriers have the 525-seater plane in their fleets given the Super jumbo jet’s premium $320-million price tag. The next biggest plane, the Boeing 747-400 from rival Boeing, costs $50 million to $100 million less.

Equally few and far between are the men than call themselves A380 pilots. But while no Philippine carrier can afford the jet, and no local airport can fully accommodate it, Filipinos can take pride in the fact that behind the wheel of one of the biggest man-made objects in the sky is one of their own.

"I guess you can say God smiled upon me and blessed me It’s the proverbial being at the right place at the right time," Nathaniel Jordan S. Calvo, the first and only Filipino A380 pilot in the world, said. "It’s like living a dream," he told BusinessWorld via e-mail.

The A380’s upper deck extends along almost the entire length of the fuselage, and its width is equivalent to that of a wide-body aircraft. This allows for a cabin with 50% more floor space than the Boeing 747-400 and provides seating for 525 people in a standard three-class configuration, or up to 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration.

Nathaniel Jordan S. Calvo, the first and only Filipino A380 pilot in the world.

On Sept. 15, in the culmination of what he described as a "very intense and thorough training program," Mr. Calvo received his temporary license to fly the Super jumbo. For him, its was a dream come true.

"This is like the cherry on top of a cake. Not only do I get to fly the biggest and most modern airplane, but I am also very glad to have made some sort of history as being the first Filipino qualified to fly it," said Mr. Calvo, who works for Emirates Airline.

The 37-year-old Filipino-American pilot has childhood roots that are unmistakably Filipino. He studied at O.B. Montessori in Greenhills for his elementary education before moving to Manila Science for high school.

Upon graduation, Mr. Calvo took up mechanical engineering at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, before leaving for the US to continue his studies at Parks College of Saint Louis University. There, he earned a degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering.

After college, he entered the Flight Safety Academy in Florida, this time, not just to learn flying as a hobby, but as a trained professional. By 1995, less than five years after attending Saint Louis, Mr. Calvo was already flying as a professional.

"I can’t remember wanting to be anything else than a pilot," he said. With roots linked to a country that has more than eight million people, or roughly a tenth of its population working abroad to contribute more than $15 billion to the country’s economy yearly, Mr. Calvo is proud that he, along with other Filipino pilots, have risen above the usual profiling by foreigners.

"I am always proud to meet other Filipino pilots whenever I am flying around. It reaffirms my belief that we as Filipinos can always live up and even go beyond the typical stereotypes we usually face in other countries," he said.

While being able to fly the A380 is a feat in itself, he said knowing that jaws are dropping when people see the plane he flies is a bonus. "I like the fact than when flying, air traffic control designates our airplane type as Super jumbo to let air traffic know what a big airplane they are seeing on their radar screens," Mr. Calvo said.

Hearing other more experienced pilots over the radio say how big the A380 is, and calling it names like "a building with wings" does not fail to thrill him.

Happily married and raising his three-year-old son with his wife of eight years, Cecilia, Mr. Calvo does not have plans to have his wings clipped any time soon.

"For as long as God allows me to be a pilot" was how Mr. Calvo described his retirement plan. "Besides, when the day comes that I quit being a professional aviator, I still see myself flying around in my own little four-seater airplane," he added.

And his advice to other Filipinos working abroad? "Keep your head high and never let anyone put you down no matter what. Don’t be bothered by the type of work you may be in, as long as it’s honest living, you can and always should be proud.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #1264
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The Philippine Airlines Kingfisher connection


Kingfisher seeks to delay delivery of the A380

Is Philippine Airlines A380 on the cue?


February 5, 2009

Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. has been speaking to Airbus since early last year to try and defer again by two years the delivery of its huge Airbus orders, including that of the A380s amidst huge losses sustained by its fuel hedging strategy as a result of global fuel and financial crisis that swept the airline industry.

According to Flightglobal, A spokesman for Kingfisher in Mumbai officially broke the news that it wants to delay the deliveries of A380. He did not made comment when asked if Airbus has agreed to this request. The aircraft was proposed to be operated non-stop from India to the USA.

In 2005 the airline ordered five A380s for delivery in 2010 but production delays at Airbus slipped its delivery dates to 2011. Last year, Kingfisher's chairman Vijay Mallya told Indian media that the delivery date had been pushed back again to 2012 at the behest of the airline.

The airline already announced late last year that it would be scaling back its international expansion plans and would instead codeshare some of the international flights with its Indian rival Jet Airways. It has already delayed the delivery of some other aircraft from Airbus such as Airbus A320s and Airbus A340s.

It flies internationally to London Heathrow and Colombo. Kingfisher was hoping to launch services to San Francisco and several other international destinations, mostly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The Kingfisher slot was offered to Philippine Airlines in December at the time when it denied rumors of delivery deferment. Offers to Asia's first Airline is yet to be answered as its President continue to be mum about it.

A recent report of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had said Asia Pacific airline losses might reach $1.1 billion in 2009, with 2009 described in wire reports by Iata director-general Giovanni Bisignani as “the toughest revenue environment”.

The Philippines however managed to be the single bright spot in Asia Pacific as it managed to grow by almost 10% as of September last year. CAB was upbeat that it would probably be more than that since the last quarter is always the peak season in Philippine Aviation.
John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus said that if PAL were to place an order for A380 in December it would only get delivery of the plane in 2014. But with numerous deferments of delivery from Malaysia Airlines to China Eastern, PAL might have it by 2012 if orders are made within the next 6 months. With interest so low, the A380 might not be too far fetched for PAL. "So I’m very hopeful about the future, [and] expect that, especially in Asia Pacific, the market will stay stronger than ever.” said Leahy.

Philippine Airline was favored by unprecedentedly low interest rates in airline finance, and got a 2.3 percent rate from Calyon/Credit Lyonnais, for 12 years, to fund acquisition of the 156-seater, $77-million A320. The airline’s single-aisle fleet now has 22 aircraft, with 11 brandnew A320s, four A319s and seven older A320s. The delivery completed PAL’s $840-million order of 15 aircraft from Airbus over three years. It is also exercising its option for two more A320s for delivery in 2010, with a further option of three more planes for delivery in 2011.

With one piece of the puzzle solved, the ball is now with the captain that runs it.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #1265
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A flying hotel ?!?

A luxurious Airbus A380, as conceived by Lufthansa











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Old February 16th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #1266
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This is just a vision of a VIP version of the A380.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 04:39 PM   #1267
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One A380 VIP has been bought by Russian billionaire if I remember well.
Could look like this maybe...

Why not, a luxurious flying hotel is nowadays "Orient Express", for who can afford it really... World is so twisted in values...
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Old February 17th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #1268
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Wow, that looks so awesome!
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #1269
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I thought the only VIP A380 was bought by Prince Waleed of Saudi Arabia - which is confirmed delivery for 2010-11?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:41 AM   #1270
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where does phillipines airways plan on using their 380s? what routes...
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Old February 18th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #1271
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where does phillipines airways plan on using their 380s? what routes...
I guess they will use it MNL-LAX. But it's not yet official that they will order Airbus 380. But they will announce it before 2009 ends and i will be deliver in 2014.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 05:29 AM   #1272
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Old February 21st, 2009, 11:09 PM   #1273
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For you, what is the most beautiful graphic delivery for the A380? Ordered or already flying... So far, the one flyings are quite poor, afraid to apply some paint? Too heavy? Air France livery is quite "banal" like they say in France...
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Singapore Airlines!


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The -900 version will look awesome! The current A380-800 is simply too short and therefore out of proportion.
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huge diference between them!!!
now, what would be the highest capacity for the -900 version?... maybe over 900 on one class chart seating
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Funny, some new buildings appear in the background along with the new meters of the 900 version Interesting photoshop exercise. The tail is so huge, I wander if they should not shrink it a little, it will probably save some liters per flight without destabilizing the whole plane (but I am not Airbus, I hope they know why they made it so big...)
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